Mesquite beans can be collected and ground into flour, one of the many wild desert food crops available in southern AZ. Photo by Juliet Jivanti

Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) is excited to announce the ‘Desert Foods For Tomorrow’ free workshop series, part of a collaborative grant with the University of Arizona’s Desert Laboratory at Tumamoc Hill and the Southwest Center, to bring together food, culture, community, and the resources of the Sonoran Desert to explore our local food systems.

Participants will learn about the importance of wild desert food crops and the skills necessary to grow, maintain and harvest wild desert foods on their own. Participants will receive free informational resources, recipes, seeds, and plants to take home to begin creating your own desert-adapted edible garden. 

Upcoming workshops are as follows: Tepary Beans for Monsoon Gardening, June 5, 9a.m – 11a.m; Mesquite Bean Harvesting Walk, June 19, 9a.m. – 11a.m.; Purslane: The Sonoran Desert’s Superfood,July 17, 9a.m – 11a.m. 

The workshops on tepary and purslane will be by zoom. The mesquite workshop will take place in Patagonia near the mesquite bosque by the cemetery. People can register for the workshops by email at

Through this project BRN is implementing an edible desert and pollinator demonstration garden at Deep Dirt Farm in Patagonia, that will be used for ongoing future permaculture workshops.